Gauteng MEC on a mission to solve housing issues

Gauteng for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, MEC Paul Mashatile during his unannounced site inspection at Sethokga Family Units on September 13.

Gauteng MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile, said he will continue with more site inspections in the housing projects of the department to ensure smooth and quick development and allocation of houses.

On September 13, MEC Mashatile conducted unannounced site inspections of projects in the Ekurhuleni Region.

The site visits commenced at Vooslorus, moved to Tsakane and Etwatwa, and finally ended in Tembisa at the Sethokga Hostel.

“The idea is that the councillor must tell me what the challenges or problems are when I come. I want to know if the problem relates to the allocation of houses, contractor or local contractors. The contractors must also tell me their problems so that I can unblock them,” explained MEC Mashatile during his visit to the Sethokga Hostel on September 13.

During the visits, Mashatile had to field questions from community leaders and some angry residents from Ekurhuleni.

Mashatile said that communities must also not wait until he visits the area if they have concerns – they should tell their councillors

He said that in Tsakane there seems to be a breakdown of communication between residents and the councillors and he was going to meet with the residents to hear their concerns.

Local councillors and residents raised issues regarding the employment of local contractors and people. Mashatile said that he was going to engage with the contractors to see if they met the target of local employment and subcontractors.

Meanwhile in Tembisa, Mashatile said Sethokga family units have been standing for a long period now, so they need a solution to get them allocated and start building the next phase.

“We are aware that people are complaining that the units are a bit expensive. In the next phase, we are going to introduce RDP flats that will be for people who can’t afford the units,” added Mashatile.

The MEC said that the Department had many projects in the province and he was going to continue with his visits around Gauteng.

Malebo Tseke

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